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Just thought that I would start a journal to kinda document my journey as I work toward getting horses trained for my customers. I started my documentary in this thread (http://www.horseforum.com/horse-training/day-1-saddle-d-52279/) but decided to continue it here. The little Arab named Do-si-do from the linked thread is getting ready to go back home. I have a mare that I got from a member here that I am going to get started on tomorrow, now that I have some time and we're not receiving more cattle until sometime next week. Also, I have got 3 horses coming from Kansas sometime next week. I am about to have my plate full. 2 of the Kansas horses are from an old friend that my Dad used to train horses for and I just found out today that the horses they are bringing me are out of a full sister of the horse I grew up on. vv That is Buck. He was my faithful mount for years.

They also want to give me a horse of the same breeding. He is broke and I think he is 6 years old but his feet are not good enough to withstand working all day every day on concrete and rocks like they do in the feedlots that these folks own. But, no harder than he will get used here and no more perilous than most of our ground is, I bet he will be fine here. Plus, a lot of our horses are getting older and it is always a good thing to have another broke horse just hanging around in case someone bows a tendon or bruises a foot.

Anyway, I'll stop rambling now that I have my journal started and I will be back with periodic updates.
 

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Subscribing! I'm excited to read about your progress!
 

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WooHoo, had my first little mishap today. Like my dad said, you can't drive a new car and not get a ding in it so now I am officially broke in LOL. Just got back from the ER where I got my first stitches ever. Saddled a different horse today and found out that she is a bucker. She saddled fine but when I asked her to move, she did her best saddle bronc imitation and shouldered right into me. Down I went but fortunately, my forehead broke my fall against the pipe panel. I jumped right back up to keep from getting stepped on but soon realized that I couldn't see cause everything was red and that's when I noticed that my forehead was gushing blood. So into the house I came to grab a towel to try to stop the bleeding. So as soon as I grabbed a towel and rinsed the blood out of my eyes so that I could see, I headed back out to finish what I started. I finally got her trotting some circles around me without trying to buck and I went ahead and tied her head around to one side. Then I came in and sat down with the towel on my forehead. About that time, my Dad got home and was all set to play nurse for me when I went to the bathroom and actually looked at it. It was about 2 inches long and probably a half inch wide between my right eyebrow and my hairline and it was all the way down to bone :(. I don't mind having a scar but I didn't really want one that big so I opted to go get stitches instead of just taping it closed. So here I am with 6 stitches and a numb head and that mare is out with her head tied around again. I don't know if I will have a chance to ride her today or not, I have a dinner to go to this evening and I really need to wash all the blood and iodine out of my hair before I go. LOL. On a good note, DoSiDo is doing really well, he is a whole different horse now and doesn't try to spook as much.
 

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Wow! Glad to hear that your ok.
 

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glad your a-okay. pics of the stitches?
 

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How's it going?
 

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Wow, sorry I haven't updated in so long, I been really busy. Between receiving about 500 yearling cattle and spending time over there going through them and helping brother brand calves, I haven't had as much time as I wish but I am progressing slowly. Kathryn is coming to pick up DoSiDo this afternoon and take him home. She came and watched me ride him for a while yesterday and was really happy. She is planning to turn him out now until later this fall or maybe next spring and then bring him back to be finished. After all, he is only just barely 3 and she can't compete on him until he is over 4 though she may wait until he is 5. The gray mare is doing pretty well, I have only had time to be on her a couple of times and she has tried to buck but hasn't really tried hard. Sorry no pictures at this time, when I am outside, usually anyone who takes my pix is busy elsewhere :?. Now that everything has slowed down a little bit, I will have some more time, I hope. I am expecting 3 more horses sometime on Sunday (along with a horse that is being given to me by some old friends). It is funny that I will be riding horses from the same bloodline, just 2 generations down, from the horses that my Dad was riding years ago. My head is pretty much all healed up and it doesn't look like there will be much of a scar. As opposed to going back to the Dr. and spending another 80 bucks to have the stitches taken out, I just did it myself the night before last. Still a little sore but at least I can get my hat on now LOL. For the first 3 days, I couldn't.

Anyway, that's my sad story ;p. I am remembering now that I have muscles that haven't been used in years and I am getting stronger and more in shape. I will try to keep updating more often since things are kindof levelling out. :D
 

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Good job! I hate it when you stand up after a wreck and realize you're bleeding, bent or broken. A horse bucked me off last fall at a roping and when I went to climb back on one of my fingers was dislocated. I might have waited but the finger was on my roping hand so I was out anyway.

I would rather brand than just about anything but unfortunately the branding is done here. It sure seems like the training portion of the horse market is picking up. I have 5 horses scheduled for june and 4 this month. If this keeps up neither one of us will have to get a real job! My dad told me that if I learned how to shoe a horse and ride a colt I would never starve and so far he's been right.
 

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That is very true. I don't have the upper body strength nor the desire to learn how to shoe them but fortunately, my brother does and he only lives about 15 miles away. So I always know I have a good farrier that I can call. :D

One thing about the people that are sending me the horses on Sunday is that they may say "Yeah, we have 2 we would like to send you" and then when they pull up, they have 5 in the trailer LOL. "Well, soandso wanted to send a horse and then somebody else heard and wanted to send one too. Since we were coming this way anyway, I figured I would save them the trip." But, hey, keeps my business going LOL.
 

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Subscribing! I may have to look into sending Mana your way in a couple years. ;)
 

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Ugh, I have been such a bad girl. Lazy Lazy me for not updating!! For the most part, it has been pretty uneventful. The gray mare is progressing nicely and hasn't offered to buck again (though we will always just see what tomorrow holds LOL). Been messing with 2 of the 3 horses that were brought on Sunday. The bay mare had been ridden some but sometimes that is worse than the ones that have never been saddled. It is fairly obvious that whoever rode her did nothing more than try to "sneak" rides on her (meaning that they just sat there, didn't ask her for anything, and did their best not to do anything to make her realize that she had a rider). Everytime you would touch her butt or move a leg, she would jump around like you were trying to kill her. Dad showed me some tricks today to work that out of them with minimal risk to the rider. She is the only one that I rode today as the wind is a killer again but boy she travels nice. I am so used to riding short horses that now that I have some that are around 15 to 15.2, it takes some getting used to LOL. The little chestnut mare that they brought had never been handled at all so it has taken some time just to get her to not be terrified of everything I do around her. Finally got her saddled today and tied her head around but the good news is that she didn't seem very interested in going bronco. Maybe ride her tomorrow, depending on what her eye looks like. I am gonna have to get some more panels so that I have enough for another roundpen LOL. And another saddle too. Mine is on the chestnut and the one that I am riding is way to wide for me and hurts my hips :(.

Anyway, just a few pix from today.












 

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Also, I forgot to mention that I got a card in my mail today from the new owner of Prissy, the little paint filly that I rode for a while.
(just to refresh some memories)


Anyway, the original owner that I rode her for passed away a few months ago and his wife gave this filly to his son who works on a ranch up in Montana. He sent me a card saying that he had been using her and is completely in love with her. Also, he said that his daughter sat on her bareback for the first time the other day and he is very happy with how she rides and that made me feel good. :D
 

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Today I had my first real embarassing moment. I have got this really tall, lanky QH gelding that I am training. Today was his 3rd ride and I didn't warm him up much before I got on. Mistake on my part. He got to bucking and I couldn't get his head cause I had my rein too darn long. I stuck with him about a circle and a half around the pen (probably 8 or 9 jumps) and then I starting losing it. I ended up finding the softest place that I could and that's where I landed :?. He immediately stopped and I jumped up and brushed myself off and proceeded to work his *** off from the ground before getting on him again. The second time, he wasn't terribly interested in trying to buck but then again, he was having a bit of trouble getting enough oxygen. Other than that, everything has been pretty uneventful. I have just been pretty busy working and sweating. It is terrible that I have to take 3 or 4 breaks in the day to come back in here where it is cool and sit with a cold bottle of water for a while. It sucks being fat and out of shape.
 

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Geez, I have been so horrible about updating this thing. Somebody needs to prod me with a hot shot every now and then to get me off my butt :D. Everything has been going pretty well. The bay mare from the above post is doing exceptionally well. She had a lightbulb moment a few rides ago and everything has been smooth sailing since then. My Dad is helping me with the chestnut mare because she is one of the most challenging horses I have ever messed with. She is not only mortified of people (even after all the handling she has gotten since she's been here), she is a bit of an obnoxious bitch and will get mad at the drop of a hat. When she's mad, there is no hope of teaching her anything because all she wants to do is fight *sigh*. The gray mare is going pretty well, she is challenging too. One of the curses of messing with an older horse, if they want to do something and you tell them no, they will get mad and go to fighting. That's not like fighting a 2,3, or 4 year old either. The more you try to tell them no, the more they want to fight. At least she doesn't resort to bucking every time she gets mad anymore LOL. Although I am unable to lope her as long as she really needs it. GOD her lope is horrible. It is almost like one of those cartoon horses where all 4 feet leave the ground at the same time and all 4 land at the same time. So for that reason, I can't seem to lope her for any extended time at all and when I try, I usually have to stop for a breather every couple of minutes or so LOL. But on the other hand, she is a natural at that nice easy little jog and it is nice to ride.

Here is a funny little video I found and Yosemite Sam's horse/mule/donkey (whatever it is) fits her lope almost perfectly LOL.
 

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OMG you are so right!!! LOL I am cracking up right now. I have always thought when she is running around with her buddies how short and choppy she looks. I figured it would be really awful. The cartoon though right on! So glad she doesn't buck much anymore. We miss her and are so excited to see the end result!
 
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